We’re excited about all of the events that are going on across the country this Saturday to celebrate National Trails Day, but you can’t have a celebration without some good grub, right?
To help keep your belly full and energy high during your hikes this weekend, we’ve compiled some of our favorite unique homemade trail mix recipes. These are quick, easy and tasty trail mix recipes that are a welcome break from the standard raisins, peanuts & M&Ms (not that there’s anything wrong with that)!
Try out one of our favorite trail mix recipes this weekend:
It’s about to get ghoulish out there – and that’s a good excuse to conjure up a new homemade trail mix recipe! We took inspiration from the plethora of sweet treats that are the hallmark of Halloween and mixed in some trail mix recipe standards.
2 – 3 cups Granola (we used premade, but feel free to bake up your own)
Pumpkin Spice Mix (2 – 3 teaspoons)
Honey Roasted Peanuts
Sprinkle pumpkin spice mix on the granola.
Combine the remaining ingredients in the proportions that you like best. Grab a handful and chow down while the trick or treaters make the rounds!
Today is National Trail Mix Day. Much like our gourmet s’mores, we’re always looking to put a spin on the classics. To celebrate National Trail Mix Day, we decided to go all out with some Sweet & Spicy Asian Trail Mix (and spicy it is!). Looking around on the interwebs for a good recipe, we stumbled across Rachael Ray’s Spicy Sweet Asian Nut Mix, and decided to build off of it.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the sesame seeds and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes. Stir in the brown sugar and when just dissolved, stir in the soy sauce, then the chow mein noodles. Spread evenly on the prepared baking sheet, let cool.
Mix the other ingredients in a bowl, amounts to taste. We did fairly even amounts of everything, but put in the most of what you like the best.
When the chow mein noodles are cool, mix them in. (We had to wait overnight for the chow mein noodles to be dry enough to mix with the rest.)
I cannot count how many times trail mix has been clutch in making sure we didn’t drop from delirium after a long day’s hike. We came up with this recipe after finding a few gems at the grocery store… namely the almonds, pretzels and ginger. The almonds and pretzels complement each other perfectly and the ginger gives a nice kick.
The nuts and almonds are a protein pack, but I like the use of crystallized ginger in this recipe because of its anti-inflammatory properties. After a long day on the trail it’s good to treat your joints right with ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties.
1 C. Cinnamon Almonds
1 C. Yogurt-covered Pretzels
1 1/2 C. Roasted Peanuts
1 C. Cranberries
1/2 C. Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 C. Crystallized Ginger
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and divvy up into your preferred trail mix packet.
One note: The yogurt-covered pretzels can get a little gooey if it gets too hot outside, so keep that in mind when you’re taking this mix on the trail — may be best for fall or winter hikes.
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